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NJEA’s Sean Spiller making the rounds for a job as Biden’s education secretary


Portrait of Sean Spiller

Portrait of Sean Spiller | Photo courtesy of Montclair Township

Sean Spiller, vice president of the New Jersey Education Association has given the state’s congressional delegation a heads up that he’s interested in the position of U.S. Secretary of Education under a Joe Biden administration according to six sources.

It was not immediately clear if Spiller has been in touch with the Biden transition team, but those with knowledge of the process told POLITICO Spiller has already notified the New Jersey federal delegation and Gov. Phil Murphy that his name may be floated.

Spiller did not respond to calls or emails but NJEA spokesperson Steve Baker said in a text message that, while he hasn’t seen any shortlist, if Spiller is being considered, “he would make a terrific Secretary of Education.”

“Sean was a huge supporter of Biden and Harris during the election and I’m confident he’s willing to do

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3 Ways To Move On In Your Career After A Bad Job Experience

How can I psyche myself up to do a job search? I am still so angry at my former employer. I’m afraid it will come across in an interview. And, I’m also having a really hard time writing accomplishment statements as I feel like my work was not valued at all. – Marion

Marion’s question encapsulates the multiple reasons why a bad experience in your last job can negatively impact your career going forward. That said, your career is more than just one job. For most people, you hold more than one job and work with more than one employer over the course of your career. Even if you stay in one company your whole career, what you do outside your day-to-day job (e.g., professional memberships, volunteer activity), your individual skills and expertise and your training and education also make

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Looking for a job? This Bay Area university shared its database with thousands of remote job openings

By Marika Gerken | CNN

California State University, East Bay published a public database of remote job vacancies across the country to help people struggling to find employment due to the pandemic.

In a press release last week, the university said it wants to help “pull the rising unemployment level in the country back to its normal level.”

The university, about 30 miles east of San Francisco, said it regularly shares resources and job opportunities with its students but chose to expand services to the rest of the country to “enhance their chances of landing a job again.”

The database, which the university says is regularly updated, has more than 3,000 active job openings across different fields and industries. The list pulls from various job boards with remote-based positions, according to the university’s career and development page.

Slack, Salesforce, Zillow, Wayfair and Rosetta Stone are among the companies with jobs

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Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College receive grants for job training programs

At Morgan State, a historically Black university that serves more than 7,700 students in Baltimore, the gift will support academic programs in cryptocurrency, blockchain and mergers and acquisitions, said David Wilson, the school’s president.

“You would have to look long, very long, and hard to find African Americans, in particular, in those areas,” Wilson said. “Bank of America has recognized that and has raised its hand to say, ‘We have to do something about this, and it has to go beyond checking a box.’ ”

Anne Kress, president of the more than 51,000-student Northern Virginia Community College, said the grant will fund scholarships and provide support for FastForward — a short-term workforce credential program that trains students for jobs in the health care and information technology fields. Most programs take between six and 12 weeks to complete.

Kress said short-term programs have gained popularity “because people can plan for that

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Amid rash of car thefts, University Heights police ask residents not to make thieves’ job easy

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — The recent rash of car thefts in Northeast Ohio has led Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and Police Chief Dustin Rogers to ask residents to do a couple of simple things — don’t leave the key in the vehicle when it is parked, and keep it locked.

During City Council’s meeting Monday (Nov. 16), Rogers released a statement from UHPD Det. Ben Feltoon pertaining to the thefts. Feltoon noted that, since mid-September, University Heights has experienced 13 vehicle thefts from residential driveways.

Car thieves, he said, have had an easy time of it while committing their crimes.

“The suspects that have been caught laugh about how easy people make it for them to be able to steal their car,” Feltoon wrote. “To date, 100 percent of the cars stolen recently in University Heights have been left unlocked and had the keys in the vehicle. This makes it

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Amid rash of thefts, University Heights police ask residents not to make thieves’ job easy

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — The recent rash of car thefts in northeast Ohio has led Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan and Police Chief Dustin Rogers to ask residents to do a couple of simple things — don’t leave the key in the vehicle when it is parked, and keep it locked.

Rogers released Monday, during City Council’s online meeting, a statement from UHPD Det. Ben Feltoon pertaining to the thefts. Feltoon noted that, since mid-September, University Heights has experienced 13 vehicle thefts from residential driveways.

Car thieves, he said, have had an easy time of it while committing their crimes.

“The suspects that have been caught laugh about how easy people make it for them to be able to steal their car,” Feltoon wrote. “To date, 100 percent of the cars stolen recently in University Heights have been left unlocked and had the keys in the vehicle. This makes it

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The lowest-paid workers in higher education are suffering the highest job losses

Eugenia Bradford believed her job was safe. After all, she was the only administrative assistant for college advising services at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Who else would schedule appointments or supervise work-study students if she were gone?



a man sitting on a bench in front of a building: Eugenia Bradford, who worked as an administrative assistant at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, is among the workers who have lost jobs in higher education during the pandemic.


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Eugenia Bradford, who worked as an administrative assistant at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, is among the workers who have lost jobs in higher education during the pandemic.

But weeks before the fall semester began in August, Bradford’s boss told her the department was downsizing and her position would be eliminated. The university offered to pay her through mid-October, but after that she was on her own. No more health insurance. No more peace of mind.

“I was in total shock and disbelief for about three days,” said Bradford, 57, a mother of three. “I see myself getting depressed, but I pray …

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Higher ed workers with the lowest pay suffer highest job losses during pandemic

“I was in total shock and disbelief for about three days,” said Bradford, 57, a mother of three. “I see myself getting depressed, but I pray … get out and walk. My rent is due soon. My last paycheck was barely $400.”

Colleges and universities are shedding jobs at an unprecedented rate. And some of the lowest-paid workers in higher education are bearing the brunt of the layoffs, mirroring broader trends of the most unequal recession in modern U.S. history. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact number of job losses tied to higher education. But the financial crisis gripping the sector has far-reaching implications for the people and communities relying on colleges and universities to earn a living.

Employment in higher education usually grows at the start of the fall semester. That growth stalled this year: Only about 20,000 jobs were added between August and September, compared with 180,000 in

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I lost my job as an NYC public school teacher for having a provocative past. Here’s how I turned the humiliating experience into a flourishing freelance career.



a woman holding a phone in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Melissa Petro turned to freelance writing and gig work after losing her job as a schoolteacher. Courtesy of Melissa Petro / Instagram


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Melissa Petro turned to freelance writing and gig work after losing her job as a schoolteacher. Courtesy of Melissa Petro / Instagram

  • Melissa Petro is a freelance writer who lives with her husband and two children in New York City.
  • In 2010, Petro lost her job as an elementary school teacher after months of negative press coverage attacking her for past experiences in the sex industry.
  • Instead of giving into what she says was the most humiliating experience of her life, Petro took the loss of her teaching career as a lesson, and devoted herself to pursuing the career she’d always dreamed about — being a writer.
  • She leaned on people who cared about her for advice and support, cut back on expenses, and hustled her way from earning under $20,000 to close to $60,000 a year.
  • Above all, Petro found ways to
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Bill Belichick: Resigning from Jets Job ‘One of the Great Moments of My Career’ | Bleacher Report

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick takes the field before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

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As head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick has won six Super Bowl championships. But the career move he made before landing in New England—leaving the New York Jets, where he served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1997-99—was pivotal for him.

Appearing on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, Belichick said resigning from the Jets was “one of the great moments” of his career (h/t Ryan Hannable):

“Well, not only one of the most defining, but you know, one of the great moments of my career. That combined with Robert [Kraft] giving me the opportunity to come here, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. That wasn’t a good situation for me and I didn’t want to be part of it, so I wasn’t. The other half of that was Robert giving me the opportunity to come here and trading,

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